Pacific Northwest peace of mind meets tech-fuelled growth in this seaport city,
Chihuly Garden and Glass Otherworldly, kaleidoscopic works by pioneering glass artist Dale Chihuly now embellish public spaces all over the world, but there’s no better place to see them than this complex at the Seattle Center, where an exceptionally well-curated collection of his vibrant sculptures dazzles in a range of contexts. 305 Harrison St, chihulygardenandglass.com DRINK Seattle has more breweries than most other cities in America, so a taproom visit is almost inevitable. A punchy gose is a solid introduction to the seasonal selection of two dozen beers being poured at Reuben’s Brews (5010 14th Ave NW). And though the best cup of coffee in this caffeine mecca is fiercely contested, Milstead & Co (754 N 34th St) is an enduring favourite.
Thompson Seattle Midcentury modern furniture, hardwood floors and navy accents complement local architect Olson Kundig’s angular design at this 158-room hotel, a short walk from bustling Pike Place Market. Floor-toceiling windows maximise views, but take in even more sea-meets-sky panoramas at rooftop bar The Nest. 110 Stewart St, thompsonhotels.com
More than a century of history is evident the moment you walk into Seattle’s oldest Japanese restaurant. Kind-hearted, multi-generational staff ferry large servings of expertly executed classics such as agedashi tofu, beef sukiyaki and chirashi zushi to a packed house of loyal patrons every night, while a small army of the eatery’s namesake cat figurines smiles and waves from the shelves above.
304 6th Ave S, manekirestaurant.com
A placid ferry ride across Puget Sound should be on every traveller’s itinerary. So, too, should a long lunch at this Bainbridge Island pizzeria (above) housed in an old hardware store, where Neapolitan-style pizze are served unsliced (with scissors for cutting) and showered with housecured salumi, local vongole or foraged mushrooms. Bonus points for the smart natural wine list. 236 Winslow Way E, Bainbridge Island, pizzeriabruciato.com
French Laundry alumnus Edouardo Jordan introduces the rich culinary history of the American South to an eager audience at his acclaimed suburban charmer. Dip buttermilk biscuits into sticky cane syrup, swipe crisp pig’s ears through peachy honey mustard, carve into a deep-fried confit turkey leg with roasted squash, then chase it all with a Sazerac. 2122 NE 65th St, junebabyseattle.com
Aerial view of downtown Seattle. Airlines including Delta, Qantas, United, Air Canada and Hawaiian fly to Seattle from select Australian cities with one stop. Getting there